4 Ways I’m Saving Money with a New Grocery Shopping Routine

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I posted last month about the changes I have made to grocery shopping. I used to follow the ‘stockpile’ method, though I only purchased an extra one or two of items that I felt we would use. I realized recently, when I couldn’t keep our grocery bill down, that:

  • We had a lot in our cabinets but I wasn’t using it for menu planning like I should.
  • We didn’t eat everything I bought.

I mentioned before I have made some changes in my shopping habits, which, of course, means a change up in my shopping routine. I spend less time in preparation for a trip and save money at the same time.  Last month I cut $100 from our bill, which is huge!

Here are four changes I've made to my shopping routine that are saving me money:

·         Not buying something JUST BECAUSE it is on sale and I have a coupon. There’s been this idea in couponing that you should scoop something up if it is on sale and you have a coupon. While I’ve never cleared a shelf for a sale, I would buy an extra even if I had another in the cabinet. Now I don’t. If it won’t get used almost immediately, it remains at the store.

·         I menu plan for three to four days only. I don’t sit down and write out a weekly menu, but instead I do it on a three day basis. I found it overwhelming to try to imagine what I might fix on Saturday when it was Monday. On the same note . . .

·         I now shop every three to four days. This has been the biggest money saving thing I’ve done, though everyone says you won’t save money this way! We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and little that is frozen or pre-made. In the past I would try to buy up fruits and veggies to last an entire week. They would then go bad, or we would run out before my next shopping trip. Now I shop two, sometimes three, times per week, but they are quick and short stops. I go in with a list and coupons and only buy what is on my list. I don’t drive out of my way to get to the store, so I’m not wasting gas or time. And I have managed to cut down about $25 per week by shopping this way. (While some think this way will waste more time at the store, I am in and out in about 20 minutes versus the hour to hour and fifteen minutes it used to take!)

·         I take my coupon binder with me. I used to use a site that matched sales and coupons, like couponmom.com or southernsavers.com, and I would clip what I needed and leave my binder at home. Now I clip the coupons I will use, organize them according to type, and carry my binder with me to the store. This way, if I find something on sale while I’m out and I have my coupons I can save money on it.

What is your routine for grocery shopping? Do you make a list? Clip coupons in advance and organize in a binder that you take to the store, or only carry coupons to the store? Do you menu plan?

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4 Ways I’m Saving Money with a New Grocery Shopping Routine

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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2 comments

  1. These are great ideas

  2. amburr says:

    I need to try to do this menu planning shopping! I just started using coupons, so combining this method will hopefully organize & save more for me as well!

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